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KinderSTAR

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KinderSTAR is an enrichment program designed to meet the needs of children who require extended care due to the part-day Kindergarten schedule.   

KinderSTAR is offered for students who attend District 15’s Thomas Jefferson & Frank C. Whitely schools.  KinderSTAR is held at Willow Rec Center (3600 Lexington Dr).  KinderSTAR enrichment activities may include, but are not limited to, art projects, active time, science and quiet time. Children will be able to socialize and interact with their Kindergarten friends and have a safe place to relax. 

Enroll for 5 days/week or 3 days/week (3 days must be consistent each week).

2021-2022 Registration Now Open, click here!

For students placed in morning Kindergarten:   Enrollment options

  • Morning STAR:  Offered 7am until start of school at the school. (additional registration required for morning STAR at the school).
  • Afternoon KinderSTAR:  Children are bussed from school to Willow after morning Kindergarten.  Enrichment (& lunchtime) offered until 2:30pm.  Enroll for 2:30pm pick-up (at Willow) or 6pm pick-up (at school).
  • After-school STAR:  For children who need care until 6pm, bussing will be provided back to school where care is provided with the 1st-6th graders.  (additional registration NOT required for After-school STAR – see KinderSTAR registration info.)

For those in AM Kindergarten at Whiteley School 2021-2022

Whiteley
Time
Location
3 days per week5 days per week
AM STAR
7:00-8:45a
Whiteley School
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AM Kindergarten
8:45-11:20a
Whiteley School
PM KinderSTAR
11:20a-2:30p
Bussed from Whiteley School to Willow Recreation Center
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PM KinderSTAR with Late Stay
11:20a-6:00p
Willow Recreation and bussed back to Whiteley School for late stay
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For those in AM Kindergarten at Thomas Jefferson School

Program
Time
Location
3 day5 day
AM STAR
7:00-7:50a
Thomas Jefferson School
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AM Kindergarten
7:50-10:25aThomas Jefferson School
PM KSTAR
10:25a-2:30p
Bussed from Thomas Jefferson School to Willow Recreation Center
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PM KSTAR with Late Stay
10:25a-6:00p
Bussed from Willow Recreation Center to Thomas Jefferson School
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For students placed in afternoon Kindergarten:  Enrollment options

  • Morning STAR:  Offered 7am until start of school – held at the school.  Those students enrolled in morning STAR will be bussed to WRC once school begins.  (additional registration required for morning STAR at the school).
  • Morning KinderSTAR:   Enrichment (& lunchtime) offered at Willow until afternoon Kindergarten begins at the school.  Children are bussed to school.
  • After-school STAR:  For those students who need after-school care from dismissal until 6pm – held at the school.  (additional registration required for after-school STAR at the school).

For those in PM Kindergarten at Whiteley School

Program
Time
Location
3 day
5 day
AM STAR
7:00-8:45a
Whiteley School and bussed to Willow Recreation Center
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AM KinderSTAR
8:45a-12:35p
Willow Recreation Center
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PM Kindergarten
12:50-3:25p
Bussed from Willow Recreation Center to Whiteley School
Late stay STAR
3:25-6:00p
Whiteley School
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For those in PM Kindergarten at Thomas Jefferson School

ProgramTimeLocation3 day5 day
AM STAR
7:00-7:55a
Thomas Jefferson School and bussed to Willow Recreation Center
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AM KinderSTAR
8:05-11:40a
Willow Recreation Center and bussed back to TJ for school
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PM Kindergarten
11:55a-2:30p
Thomas Jefferson School
Late stay STAR
2:30-6:00p
Thomas Jefferson School
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2021-2022 Registration Now Open, click here!

2021-2022 Registration 

  • At the time of registration, we will collect a $25/child registration fee to hold your child’s spot
  • Registration packets are available at the Triphahn Center  and at Willow Recreation Center.
  • Registration will close on August 6 and reopen on August 16 with a start date of August 19

Changes and Cancellations

STAR Cancel Change form

  • A cancel/change form must be completed for any changes to your child’s program.
  • STAR Schedule changes must be received by NOON on the Thursday prior to the week requesting changes.
  • Changes take 2 business days to process and go into effect on Mondays.
  • We are unable to prorate fees for days missed due to illness, vacation or behavior suspensions.
  • $10 service fee will be charged for all schedule changes

Parent Resources

Keep in touch with your child’s STAR Before & After School Program!
KinderSTAR Parent Handbook
KinderSTAR Waitlist FAQs

Weather Policy – Full Day School Closing

KSTAR will not be in session on the days school is cancelled due to large amounts of snow, ice or emergency closing. KSTAR follows School District 15 snow days. Refunds will not be issued. Days will be added at the end of the year. You can find out about Weather Related closings at our Weather Updates page.

Child Care for Elementary Kids on SEVERE COLD DAYS OFF of SCHOOL

Child care is available on severe COLD days off of school. 

For kids Kindergarten through 6th grade at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Parents may drop off children as early as 7am, pick up is no later than 6pm.  $50 per child

You must show proof of registration via a receipt or emailed receipt when you drop off your child in the morning. Children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please be sure your child has eaten breakfast before arriving. 

 


Contact for KinderSTAR: Jodi Schultz 847-285-5535 or jschultz@heparks.org